- Accommodation on twin sharing in the listed hotels or similar.
- 3 meals a day in Bhutan.
- Daily breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Chitwan National Park full board.
- All ground transportation.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Service of internal airfare reservation.
- Bhutan visa fee.
- Bangkok and Paro airport taxes.
- Service of English speaking local guides.
Cost Does Not Include
- Meals other than listed.
- International and internal airfare.
- Nepal visa fee. (Nepal visa can be purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu airport).
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, phone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature of unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, inclement weather, illness, accident, civil unrest etc.
Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport.
The trip basically involves motor-vehicle based sightseeing and some optional hikes which is suitable for travelers with regular health conditions. We don't go any significant altitude on this trip. The highest altitude that we attain in this trip is at Chele-la pass (3810m/12, 497 ft.) on the way to Haa valley, where we have a brief stop and rest of the places, we are in lower elevation and so we don’t have any risk of altitude sickness in this trip. Sightseeing involves some short hiking through the villages, terraced fields or forests. Temples and monasteries are often in higher places than the average ground level and may require climbing stairs. When we travel from one city to another, its usually 3-6 hours' drive, with occasional stop for photography or refreshment. Roads are often cut into hills and follow rivers and some parts may be under paved or damaged. There can be landslides, blocking the roads temporarily when it rains heavily. Please, do not compare the South Asian roads with the ones in developed countries.
We provide good condition vehicles which are mid-size sedan car or SUVs or vans, depending on the group size. Drivers may speak little or no English. Chances of getting flat tires and mechanical breakdowns cannot be declined due to weather and road conditions but our drivers are capable of taking the situation under control. We just need your cooperation and flexibility, when something unexpected happens during the tour.
In Bhutan, unless we have chosen other alternatives, we will be staying in moderate to the best available accommodations which are in general small hotel with 20-30 rooms with private bathroom with running hot and cold water. We do not expect our hotel to have a big lobby or souvenir shops. Nowadays, there are some upmarket international chain resorts such as Como Hotels, Aman Resorts, Taj etc. which we can book for you on additional cost. The hotels listed in the itinerary are suggestions only and final list of hotels will be provided with final trip dossier. Comparing to Bhutan, we have more choices of hotels in Nepal and we will be using first class to deluxe category hotels with all modern comforts.
The trip features 3 meals a day in Bhutan. We expect to eat most meals at our hotel and some meals also can be arranged in local restaurants outside, at the selection of our guide. In Bhutan, meals are usually served in buffet that includes rice, vegetables, noodles, breads etc. Beware: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies and the most popular dish is ema datshi made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce. During your trip in Nepal, we have one welcome dinner in Kathmandu and 3 meals a day in Chitwan National Park. Rest of the days, you will have daily breakfast only. You can expect to spend $10-12 per meal in regular tourist standard restaurant.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted local guides for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Our guides are university graduates, fluent in English, trained and licensed by Tourism authorities. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of our trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. They show us the wonders of the areas we’d otherwise never find on our own and make sure everything goes smoothly and safely without a hitch. More than just guides, they positively elevate our experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. Guides in Bhutan and Nepal will be different person.
International and internal airfares
You will book your international airfare to and return from Bangkok and we will take care of the rest of the flights. You can also start and end your trip in Kathmandu. We can also help you find good fares through our air ticket consolidator on your request. We will take care of internal airfares-flight from Bangkok into Paro or on the return from Kathmandu back to Bangkok. All internal airfares are booked locally. Local airport taxes may or may not be included in the fare.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months more at the time of travel and there should be enough blank pages for entry and exit seals. Bhutan visa is pre-processed by us and we will get clearance for you before your flight into Bhutan. Your passport gets actual visa seal upon arrival at Paro airport. You can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or from nearest Nepali embassy beforehand. We will take care of all other permits necessary for this trip.